Monday, 22 October 2018

UK William Morris Tour News

Hello again from a very excited Hill household....excited because the 'William Morris and Arts & Crafts Movement' tour based in Oxford is now 'for sale' with the dates confirmed and Helen tells me there are only a few places left! So you had better contact her fast if you have been thinking about it at enquiries@whitecrofttours.co.uk. I know it is two years away but it would seem the Whitecroft/Hill partnership is popular!  The dates are September 24th - October 4th with 11 nights based in this amazing hotel right in the heart of Oxford for the entire tour  - The Randolph famous for the TV series Inspector Morse and Lewis! It even looks like Morse is parked out the front except Larry tells me his Jag was red........
Helen sent me this wonderful photo when she went to book the hotel of the refurbished Morse bar and I know of several chaps who can't wait to join Larry in a pint!......
The appeal of these tours is that we stay in the one hotel the entire tour and all costs are included. (apart from your airfare, transfers and spending money). And what a fabulous place to be based for the entire tour.......we LOVE Oxford and have so many wonderful memories from our previous visits including lunch at the Eagle and Child - Tolkein for Larry and CS Lewis for me!..............

The hotel is right opposite the Ashmolean Museum so it is very handy for us to explore........



And who doesn't love wandering around Oxford anyway? We visit Exeter College where Morris studied, view some amazing Burne-Jones stained glass in the Harris Manchester College and top it off with dinner in the Oxford Union after viewing the library ceiling.........and so much more......







On our day trips the many gardens we visit inspire us........



 
The historic villages create lasting emotions especially Bibury..........

 And I never tire of Kelmscott Manor even after eight visits.....and the bonus is that we can now take photos inside.......

my favourite seat where I contemplate what Morris would think of us all.........






 Beautiful Buscot Park where we might even be escorted by the Lord of the Manor..........









 Red House where more and more wall paintings are being revealed.......



and I have a lasting happy memory of this rustic lunch from the Red House cafe.....
Stunning Standen...........












 and even a Needle Museum............

 Evensong under Burne-Jones awe inspiring stained glass at the Birmingham Cathedral.........


 The award Winning William Morris Gallery........
 Wonderful Wightwick Manor........













 Shopping in tempting Tetbury.......
 

and there are surprises and unexcited treats including these new places of interest that we haven't visited before........




We hope to see you there in 2020! The dates and itinerary for the 'William Morris meets Beatrix Potter' tour based in the Yorkshire Dales will be revealed very soon x